Michael Pollard Eventing suffered a terrible blow when an oncoming car pulled out in front of their trailer loaded with his team of international event horses on the morning of May 25, 2012 just 5 miles from their training center in Chatsworth, GA. All 6 horses on the van were trapped and while 5 were cut free, Ruth Armstrong's stallion VDL Ulando H died at the scene. While the surviving horses were initially sent home with what looked like minor injuries, two took a turn for the worse. Michael & Nathalie Pollard’s Four Star 14-year-old grey Thoroughbred gelding Icarus (Fly), was euthanized on Saturday, May 26th 2012 at Rood & Riddle Veterinary Clinic in Lexington, KY after suffering from severe ligament and lacerations sustained in his right hind fetlock. Just last month, Fly competed at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event and according to Michael was "the best horse in the world". His wife Natalie also added "He was my friend, and his absence will be felt painfully for some time.”
Michael Pollard & John Bryant’s Three Star 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Jude’s Law (Jude), was also transported to Rood & Riddle and was found to have a ruptured secum resulting with him being euthanized on Sunday May 27th 2012. Jude was one of twenty horses still in contention for the 2012 Olympic Games and was the third ranked USEA horse through the first half of the year. “This is a nightmare that I can’t seem to wake up from. This horse was so special to me and yet at the moment I just feel numb. He looked like he was going to be fine in a few weeks. I am absolutely crushed,” said Michael.
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